Legislators in New Hampshire have advanced a bill aimed at carving out regulatory exceptions for certain bitcoin businesses, public records show.
As reported by CoinDesk last month, New Hampshire's HB 436 seeks to create a regulatory exception for persons "using transactions conducted in whole or in part in virtual currency" who may otherwise be considered money transmitters under current laws.
Sponsored by state rep Barbara Biggie – with Representative Keith Ammon as a co-sponsor – the bill was passed along to the NH House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee. On 16th February, according to LegiScan, an 11-9 majority of the committee approved the bill to advance to the House floor for a vote, the date of which is not immediately apparent.
The bill also seeks to update the state's definitions for virtual currency with a revised version that would read:
Despite the movement, however, there's no guarantee that the bill will pass.
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